Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Davey Johnstone Talks about Caribou
40 years ago this month, Davey went into the studio with Elton, Dee, Nigel and Ray to record Elton’s fourth U.S chart-topping album, ‘Caribou.’ Once again, producer Gus Dudgeon was at the helm along with Elton’s live sound engineer, Clive Franks.
Recorded at breakneck speed at Caribou Ranch, Colorado, Elton and the band were under enormous pressure to complete the album before immediately embarking on a tour of Japan. Gus Dudgeon would add additional overdubs including contributions from Dusty Springfield, various Beach Boys and the Tower Of Power horns while Elton and the band were on the road.
The album, released in June 1974 and featuring the hit singles, “The Bitch Is Back” and “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” was the first of three albums that Elton recorded at Caribou Ranch.